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Ocean Discoveries: 2014 Nancy Foster Sea Floor Mapping Mission Overview

A team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations has set sail for a three-week (March 15–April 3) expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map and study the sea floor and fish distributions off the northeast and southern coasts of  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. These high-priority areas were […]

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Climate-based Integrated Ecosystem Assessments for Ocean Resource Management

A special issue of the journal Oceanography published in March highlights a number of accomplishments and findings of the U.S. component of the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) program. For over 20 years, this multidisciplinary research program initiated by the United Nations conducted research in the U.S. and around the world, focusing on the potential […]

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Identifying Potential Effects of Land-based Pollution on Corals in St. Croix East End Marine Park

NCCOS has released a new study—“Land-Sea Characterization of the St. Croix East End Marine Park”—that highlights the potential influence of land-based pollution on nearshore coral reef ecosystems and documents the diversity, condition, and composition of biological communities within the park. The findings support local management priority setting for conservation of coral reef ecosystems by identifying and […]

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International MMA Managers Rely on NCCOS Study to Protect Coral Reefs in the Samoan Archipelago

NCCOS’s Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago served as the basis of some workshop activities at the “Two Samoas Reef Resilience Workshop for Marine Managed Area Practitioners” held recently in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Representatives from the Samoan and American Samoan governments, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National […]

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NCCOS Products Inform Routing Alternatives for Undersea Energy Cable in Hawaii

A renewable energy transmission company is using NCCOS products to help assess routing alternatives for a proposed undersea energy transmission cable into Maalaea Bay, Maui. The requested products predict the distribution of light-dependent “mesophotic” corals that live off the coast of Maui and could potentially be threatened by an undersea energy transmission cable system. The […]

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NCCOS Researchers to Assist Washington State in Marine Planning

NCCOS scientists traveled to Washington State May 13-17 to support marine planning along the outer Pacific coast. NCCOS is helping inventory and assess key seafloor, groundfish, seabird and marine mammal datasets essential to effective marine planning. They are developing a data viewer that will help the state, other coastal managers, and researchers visualize seafloor datasets, […]

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Palauan Researcher Receives Prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship

The Pew Charitable Trusts organization recently awarded Yimnang Golbuu, CEO and Chief Researcher of the Palau International Coral Reef Center a 2013 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to assess the connectivity of marine protected areas in Palau.  PICRC researchers and colleagues developed a hydrodynamic model to track coral and fish larvae as they move through […]

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NOAA Scientists: Fish Spawning Hotspots Located by New Technology

Scientists at the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute at the University of Puerto Rico identified locations and size of reef fish spawning aggregations by the sounds they make.  The success of many commercially valuable species in the Caribbean requires annual spawning aggregations of reef fishes; aggregation behavior creates extreme vulnerability to overfishing. The scientists developed a […]

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